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Arisaema consanguineum (Himalayan Cobra Lily)

Himalayan Cobra Lily

Arisaema consanguineum, Himalayan Cobra Lily, Shade perennial, Shade flowers

Exotic-looking Arisaema consanguineum (Himalayan Cobra Lily) is a tall tuberous perennial boasting an impressive umbrella-shaped leaf with 11-20 narrow leaflets on a long, robust stem. Emerging in spring to early summer, the foliage resembles a palm tree leaf and remains attractive during the growing season. Borne along the leaf stem in late spring to midsummer, unusual flowers consisting of a dark, purple-brown hooded spathe, 6-8 in. long (15-20 cm), marked with delicate green and white stripes, are on display. They are followed by striking bright orange-red seed pods in late summer to early fall. A welcome addition to the shade garden, Himalayan Cobra Lily is easy to grow and requires very little care.

  • Grows up to 3 ft. tall (90 cm) and 12-18 in. wide (30-45 cm).
  • Easily grown in humus-rich, moist, but well-drained soils in partial shade. Tubers must not dry out when dormant and may need winter protection in colder areas.
  • Best left undisturbed in the shady woodland garden, cottage garden, or city garden. Plant in groups of a dozen or more.
  • Virtually disease free. Keep an eye out for slugs and vine weevils.
  • Propagate by seed, sowing them in containers in a cold frame in autumn or spring, or remove offsets in late summer.
  • Native to Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Taiwan, and Thailand. Arisaema consanguineum is a variable species. Although plants from the Himalayas are pretty hardy, those from Thailand, for example, need glasshouse protection. It is, therefore, important to know the origin of the plant before purchasing it.
  • Ingestion may cause severe discomfort

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 7 - 9
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Araceae
Genus Arisaema
Common names Cobra Lily
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Arisaema triphyllum (Jack in the Pulpit)
Arisaema sikokianum (Japanese Cobra Lily)
Arisaema griffithii (Griffith’s Cobra Lily)
Arisaema thunbergii subsp. urashima (Japanese Cobra Lily)
Arisaema candidissimum (Chinese Cobra Lily)
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 7 - 9
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Araceae
Genus Arisaema
Common names Cobra Lily
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard
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Do I Need?
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